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Comment Re:Austin 16 minute commute? (Score 1) 241

I suspect the same for Sydney (Australia) which somehow missed out even though Melbourne was included. Commute and Rent would be on the worse end no doubt.

Absolutely. I don't know anyone in Sydney who has less than an hour commute in one direction. If they have less than that then they pay a lot of rent or house repayments. A 40minute commute for most people in Sydney would be a dream come true. Pretty city, terrible infrastructure problems.

Comment Re:tracking (Score 1) 364

Drunk people are not, exactly, an example of a mugging.

I would argue that alcohol related violence would be close to the top cause.

I got mugged some 17 years ago - and that consisted of a stab-first-and-take-valuables-of-his-bleeding-body approach. Kind of hard to defend yourself after a person just walking past you on the street suddenly stuck a knife in your ribs.


I can empathize with you, I defended myself, but I still copped a head injury and spinal surgery from a kick in the head.

I merely said we can make it SAFER.

I think it is an incremental step towards tyranny so SAFER is relative to that.

There is no loss of freedom involved. Just a change in how I carry my money.

As long as cash remains it doesn't matter what options are available.

And that is terrible. But it's still better than dead.

This is 21st century crime.

That's pretty damn terrible... but it's better than dead.

Some people call it 'Soul Murder'

On the other hand, not carrying cash, is PROVEN to reduce your risk of certain violent crimes

Where is this proof?

You've shown zero evidence whatsoever of this being true.

There is a bunch of legislation attempted in Australia first that I've noted drift to American legislature. Meta data retention in the guise of alternate clauses of Burr-Fienstien encryption bill (if anyone bothered to read it to find that) is a good example. Warrant-less Telecomunication intercept acts and cross departmental information exchange and governance. My reading of all of these laws in defence of my own country's democracy had the unintended consequence of me observing it in the US,UK,Canada,Australia and New Zealand relative to the Constitutional legality of the laws. It's morbidly fascinating.

The role of money in politics would be the best evidence. Tracking the money supply of political opponents is very useful for those in power. Why else would they maintain the anonymity of their own finances. I've also read Bills and Acts that specifically control the flow of money (I believe you will find that in the patriot act IIRC) so monitoring and tracking money is very important to the state.

That does NOT make me feel SAFE.

Real state based terrorism has never happened in the USA. No, not even under Obama. State based terrorism by the US government tend to happen in other countries. It's what was done in Iraq. It's what was done in Nicaragua. It's what was done in Panama and Brazil.

What's the difference? US and them? State based terrorism is incremental, this is an example. The powers are built and not used for a long time, but they are in place for when they are needed. This is what happened in many countries, where it is perfected.

How minorities are treated is an example of an individual's worth to the state that moves towards corporate totalitarianism and the despotism it brings.

Comment Re:tracking (Score 1) 364

What's more likely to affect my daughter this year ? The government knowing I bought her, her first trycicle or her dad getting killed by a mugger for his cash ?

Well I got mugged by three guys last May and defended myself successfully. Drunk bogan morons don't need an excuse to start a fight.

The biggest advantage of going cashless is not convenience, it's SAFETY.

The world isn't a safe place. You should teach your daughter that so she is strong enough to defend herself when the time comes. Exchanging freedom for safety (apart from franklin's words on the subject) is also shown to be a path to tyranny. I'd be careful what you wish for.

identity theft and similar crimes have gone up

I've been assisting someone who has had their identity stolen. He lost his house, $800,000 and was accused and tried of fraud despite the evidence available to say that he was just a naive old person being preyed upon.

You haven't lived until you've had a body cavity search at every airport you go to.

But this is actually an improvement - because while you lose money in EITHER an identity theft or a mugging - the former probably won't get you killed or in hospital.

being raped in gaol after loosing everything you worked for all your life is not a good option either.

A change which forces a reduction in violent crime is a positive change - even if it comes with an uptick in white-collar crime.

A change which promotes state based terrorism is worse than both of those things, IMHO.

Comment Re:tracking (Score 1) 364

What this kind of paranoid person doesn't understand is that they can already track you to an incredible degree

Yes, because people like you were too apathetic to write a letter to politicians to say that you don't want them to do that.

and there's fuck all you can do about it, so ultimately all you're doing is arguing against having the convenience

So be a good boy and accede to their demands. Forget about defending the democracy you live in, LETS GO SHOPPING!!

Black markets exist anyway, so that's not really an argument either.

For what, your apathy? There are many democratic reasons you want cash to flow unhindered in a society that have nothing to do with criminal activities.

Comment Re:not as bad as it sounds (Score 1) 152

I see a lot of people putting the "big brother" spin on this and talking about watching employees. I certainly agree that watching your employees' every move accomplishes nothing.

Yes it does. It accomplishes acceptance of the surveillance state everywhere.

All together, it makes customers feel safer at their business, and discourages troublemakers.

I don't want to be safe, I want to be free. What are customers doing in restricted areas or offices where employees are.

they have admitted that while some businesses experience small drop in customers initially,

Ridiculous, as if the police give a fuck about a businesses customers enough to know what happened *before* the cameras were installed.

Imagine two scenarios:

Both scenarios refer to publicly accessible spaces and have nothing to do with cameras monitoring the workplace.

Comment Surveillance doesn't prevent terrorism (Score 2) 357

It is now common knowledge that all western governments have so many way to monitor people that it is offensive for them to suggest they need more powers to have more surveillance. That western powers spread their nets so far across our "democracy" and not in a focused manner means they are obviously ineffective in filling their mandate of protecting the people from terrorist threats. And because they are so ineffectual against terrorism they use that as justification to spread their net even wider.

So let us all not pretend that the state has any concern for stopping terrorism because terrorism has no impact on the state, it only impact the populous. If terrorism occurs then that just adds another reason for clamping down on the populous even more. We are being treated with the contempt we deserve for not steadfastly protecting democracy.

For decades Islamic human rights violations went ignored by western powers so any pandering to stopping extremism should be viewed as the bullshit it is. Islamic extremism is a good reason for the state to become even more overt in its quest to police the state because power begets power. And that's good for business because they are who pay for the politicians to operate the inverted totalitarian state we live in.

Comment The potential for hilarity (Score 1) 158

I can't help thinking of the side splitting entertainment value that could be associated with navigation devices. Imagine for example shuffling around the sound files so that left is fight and 300 metres is 100 metres. Simple hack really. Of course you would also need access to their phone and camera to observe your work but the lulz man, think of the lolly lol lols.

The consequences this article is suggesting are a little unsurprising. Apart from people give up their ability to think critically and reason I wonder what else we are losing by placing so much dependence on these devices.


IBM, Remote-Work Pioneer, is Calling Thousands Of Employees Back To the Office ( 303

An anonymous reader shares a report: Less than a year into her tenure as IBM's chief marketing officer, Michelle Peluso prepared to make an announcement that she knew would excite some of her 5,500 new employees, but also, inevitably, inspire resignation notices from others. In a video message, Peluso explained the "only one recipe I know for success." Its ingredients included great people, the right tools, a mission, analysis of results, and one more thing: "really creative and inspiring locations." IBM had decided to "co-locate" the US marketing department, about 2,600 people, which meant that all teams would now work together, "shoulder to shoulder," from one of six different locations -- Atlanta, Raleigh, Austin, Boston, San Francisco, and New York. Employees who worked primarily from home would be required to commute, and employees who worked remotely or from an office that was not on the list (or an office that was on the list, but different than the one to which their teams had been assigned) would be required to either move or look for another job. Similar announcements had already been made in other departments, and more would be made in the future. At IBM, which has embraced remote work for decades, a relatively large proportion of employees work outside of central hubs. (By 2009, when remote work was still, for most, a novelty, 40% of IBM's 386,000 global employees already worked at home). [...] "When you're playing phone tag with someone is quite different than when you're sitting next to someone and can pop up behind them and ask them a question," Peluso says. Not all IBM employees see it that way.

Comment Re:Just stop (Score 1) 181

You didn't get a choice then - but there is always choice later.

Indeed. However when the doctor does not reduce your dose when you request it and says that you have to stay on these tablets for the next month, then no, you don't have a choice because if you start to withdraw and then the pain is too much you can't start taking them again unless you want to risk a heart attack.

You reduce the dose gradually until you quit from some minimum dose. That way you never get the big withdrawal problems. Any doctor can make such a plan.

This is exactly what we did. It took six agonizing weeks to withdraw to the minimum dose because even the little withdrawal problems are pretty bad. horrible stuff.

Comment Re:Just stop (Score 1) 181

Addiction isn't a disease. It is a choice.

I didn't get to choose. I refused the pain medication when I was in hospital, which they entertained at first and then when the pain came on and I was moaning from it the nurse came in with a jab, announced it was time for my drugs and stuck it in my shoulder without even giving me a chance to object - then I was in la la land.

Everyone likes to "feel good". Everyone. But stop being so narcissistic thinking that you have to feel good all the time.

I think you're right, though I would put it down to naivety over narcissism. Worse than that are the people who are so terrified of being alive they have to lie to themselves and everyone else that they're happy. I think those people are susceptible to opiates. You don't feel good though, just detached. It feels wrong to me.

Life isn't supposed to be like that.

Exactly, if you find some meaning in your life then you have a chance to be happy, but there is no guarantee.

Comment Re:Just stop incrementally (Score 4, Insightful) 181

No, it's actually a medical condition. Opiate withdrawal is not just a lack of feeling good. Addiction can happen even when the drugs are taken exactly as prescribed. Sometimes even that significant drawback is justified by the amount of pain the person would otherwise be in.

I was prescribed opiates for pain after I had spinal surgery on c4-c6 in my neck. I was on them for months. The haze they produced meant I didn't really care about anything at all. This was not normal. It began to dawn on me that I was dependent on these drugs. I posted about the the withdrawal symptoms of opiates while I was going through the withdrawals.

I discussed this again with the doctor who confirmed I had been on them long enough to develop an opiate dependence. I can tell you what it feels like to be a junkie despite the fact that I have a completely different set of behaviors to draw on and nothing to reinforce an addictive behavior like that.

You feel confident, nothing really bothers you, but it's a false result of being detached from your pain and all of your emotions, which mean you come off as a stable balanced person. However you have very little empathy and you are truly apathetic. I found it to be an ugly sensation. Disconnected, I didn't care about anything.

When you think about it to be disconnected from pain also means to be disconnected from joy, from people. Next time you are in pain ask yourself how real it is. No sane person has that discussion with someone in pain. Opiates just make the pain and everything else, not real. So I would argue now that pain and joy are more real than materialistic concerns. That the connections in life, pain and joy are perhaps the only real things we have. My experiences with opiates were the more you take the less real you are.

If the DEA would quit practicing medicine without a license it would be a solvable medical problem rather than a legal issue.

True that.

Comment Re:I guess /. still approves this crap (Score 1) 270

All money is made-up bullshit.

Yes, but the US dollar is backed with the US banking system,

The US Federal Reserve is a privately owned institution.

the US government, and the US military.

Are clients of this private banking system.

Bitcoin is backed by the fact that the exchange you use maybe doesn't want to rip you off today.

However even if a bitcoin's value is zero, you still have a bitcoin.

Comment Re:Picking one at random (Score 1) 234

This comment is exactly what a professional programmer would say.

Pay for my own training on some arcane system where there is no return on my investment, "If you pay for it" - That is what a professional programmer would say. Personal responsibility for the things I'm responsible for. Responsibility without leadership is another term for 'punching bag'.

So, fuckin A, mod parent up and up for such a professional comment.

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